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Saints stun Spurs with late fight back


Saints stun Spurs with late fight back

Southampton staged a superb fightback to boost their bid for Premier League survival with a shock 2-1 win that left Tottenham Hotspur's top four place in jeopardy on Saturday (Mar 9).

Two late goals in five minutes earned Southampton an incredible victory against Tottenham, whose top-four hopes took a nosedive.

James Ward-Prowse earned the win with a sensational free-kick from 25 yards to keep the Saints two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone. The midfielder's strike came after calamitous defending allowed Southampton to draw level via Yan Valery, who pounced on Danny Rose's mistake.

Victory seemed unlikely after a first half dominated by Spurs who took the lead when Harry Kane scored his 200th career goal.

But the amazing turnaround earned Ralph Hasenhuttl's team a second consecutive home win - the first time Southampton have achieved that since December 2016.

Tottenham, whose manager Mauricio Pochettino was in the stands as part of his two-match touchline ban, remain third but, after losing a third league game in four, they now face the prospect of being caught by their rivals.

Manchester United, who were 13 points behind Spurs when Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager in December, can move level on points with Spurs should they beat Arsenal on Sunday.

And if Chelsea win their two games in hand, they will go above Tottenham, who have already reached the last eight of this year's Champions League, but face second-place Liverpool in their next game.

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